Siberians flock to toxic lake for ‘Maldives’ selfies | AFP

An industrial dump site in Siberia whose turquoise lake resembles a tropical paradise has become a magnet for Instagrammers who risk their health in the toxic water to wow online followers.

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Russia is digging permafrost in search of diamonds | AFP

Diamonds are forever, and so is the permanently frozen ground of Yakutia in north eastern Siberia, home to huge diamond deposits that ensure Russia’s supremacy as the world’s leading diamond producer.

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Polar bear spotted in Russian city

An emaciated polar bear has been sighted in a Russian industrial city in Siberia, far south of its normal hunting grounds. A local wildlife enthusiast, and tour guide, Oleg Krashevsky filmed the bear as it wandered exhaustedly looking for food.

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Fireball streaks across skies of Siberia

A meteor lit up the sky in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk on Saturday leaving commuters awestruck.

The fireball exploded above city’s skyline at around 7pm local time.

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Ice-fishing lovers gather on planet’s deepest lake, Baikal

Every year, more than a thousand fishing enthusiasts from Europe, Asia and even Africa meet on the thick ice of Baikal in Siberia to compete on the frozen banks of the world’s deepest lake, a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. This year, the record was broken with 1,400 participants in 350 teams.

Anti-migrant anger & racial tensions arise in Yakutsk following abduction and rape of local woman

Angry residents held sporadic rallies and trashed migrant-operated shops in Siberia after a man from Central Asia allegedly raped a local woman. The high-profile case prompted authorities to vow crack down on illegal immigration.

Over the past few days, residents of Yakutsk in eastern Russia attacked and harassed migrants from Central Asia. They also targeted migrant-owned businesses.

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